Southridge performs first play

Photos by Candy Neal/The Herald
Actresses and Southridge High School students (from left) Skyla Hayes, Calista Martin and Madeline Songer talk about life during a scene at Sunday’s dress rehearsal of the play “Our Town.”

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG — Southridge High School’s theatrical students will perform the first play done at this school building.

The group will perform Thornton Wilder’s 1938 play, “Our Town.”

The school normally does musicals, and those are in the spring. Director Shane Denu explained that having a play opens up more opportunities to students interested in theater.

“This gives students who want to participate but don’t sing an opportunity to act,” he said.

There will still be a musical in the spring. The upcoming one will be “Hello Dolly.” The musical is be based off the comedy “The Matchmaker,” which was written by Thornton Wilder. Performing a play and a musical based on Wilder’s work was just happenstance, said Andy Hoffman, technical director of the play.

“Our Town” is performed in three acts and takes place between 1901 and 1913. The first act shows the daily life in Grover’s Corners, a small town in New Hampshire. Act two explores love and marriage through the eyes of young lovers as well as more experienced couples. The final act examines eternal life and how life could be if only people truly understood and appreciated the value of life. The play won Thornton a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1938.

Some of the “Our Town” cast finished rehearsing Sunday afternoon. That included: Luke Trout, Devin Carter, Calista Martin, Madeline Songer, Christian Carter, Skyla Hayes, Shera Deno, Layla Ronk, Abbigail Blair, Ava Hall and Kara Schmitt.

Denu explained that “Our Town” was chosen because of the rich and engaging dialogue. The set is kept simple, “which lets the audience use their imagination,” he said.

The cast of “Our Town” includes:

• Penelope Roy as stage manager

• Luke Trout as Dr. Gibbs

• James Bowers as Joe Crowell

• Ruthie Sherer as Hellen Newsome

• Calista Martin as Mrs. Gibbs

• Jenna Kendall as Mrs. Webb

• Reilly Lechner as George Gibbs

• Abbi Hall as Rebecca Gibbs

• Richard Gutierrez as Wally Webb

•Madeline Songer as Emily Webb

• Brayden Reimann as Professor Willard

• Tyler Laghlin as Mr. Webb

• Karly Barnett as first woman in the audience

• Devin Carter as man in the audience and Constable Warren

• Zoe Booth as the second woman in the audience

• Layla Ronk as Mrs. Forester

• Ellie Bowman as Simone Stimson

• Skyla Hayes as Mrs. Soames

• Abbigail Blair as Sylvia Crowell

• Maddie Wright as Samantha Craig

• Michael Hasenour as Joe Stoddard

• Christian Carter as Mr. Carter

• Lyndsey Taylor, Jordyn Anderson, Kara Schmitt, Breezy Serrano, Ava Hall, Shera Deno and Gracie Mullins as the people of the town

“We have a great cast. These students are amazing,” Denu said. “This is going to be a great show.’

The performances will be at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door at the SHS auditorium.




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